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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1821 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 18 October 1754 n.s.
Dated 18 Octobr. 1754. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amicissime D[omi]ne frater,

Vicisti tandem egregie et gloriam reportasti, dum D[ominum] Rolandrum unice Tibi obstrictum reddidisti, qui hodie redux de Te tamquam de Imperatore Japoniae loquitur. Multa alia et quidem non mediocria facinora praestitisti. Hodie tamen vicisti super Superos. Debent omnes Botanici, omnes qui amant literas et virtutem, Res herbaria et Medica, Insectorum denique Scientia ac ego Tibi multum et plura quam dicere facile sustineo. Fecisti et demonstrasti, quid Magnus Praeses Regii cujusdam collegii valeat. Utinam D[ominus] Dahlberg non seduceret egregium juvenem.

Scribam ad D[ominum] De Geer. Ille fuit heic heri, et hodie abibat, unica hora ante adventum Rolandri.

Utinam Rex serenissimus vellet dare ipsi 600 thaleros; 300 dabit spero De Geer, si non plures; a me accepit 200. Habebit sine dubio aliquid e stipendio pro hoc intervallo, quod faceret 300.

De rebus theologicis ex ore Ethnicorum, hodie?!

Undenam minerae illae Uhloa ♀ &c. ?

Annon ex America s[ive] Peru? Si hoc, optarem videre.

Accepi dudum quae misit D[ominus] Lagerström; pro his Tibi grates infinitas reddo, at hanc cistam a Te non habui nec a D[omino] Ziervogel, sed ab alio amico; si Tu aliam vidisti, quaeso, dicas.

Non possum ulla ratione venire Ulricksdaliam. Constitutus Promotor debeo intra 14 dies Programata, Orationem, literas et omnia curare et absolvere, ut ne horula mihi supersit. Hoc mihi sostrum laborisque premium; si neglexero, debeo fame periclitari; quod nolit R[ex] optimus.

Si accedas Holmiam, rogo loquaris cum D[omi]no Grill, ut ejus frater Amstelodami ad eum curet deferri omnia, quae ad Te et me mittat D[omi]nus Rolander; ego etiam ad eum scribam.

D[omi]nus Licent[iatus] Schultz heri abibat Holmiam petens et inde Londinum; hinc literas ejus remitto.

His vale mihi semper colende, Amicorum integerrime!
Dabat Tuus sincerus cultor Carol[us] Linnaeus

Upsala d[ie] 18 Octobr[is].

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm
Drotningholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus congratulates Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
on the final result of the issue of Daniel RolanderRolander, Daniel (1725-1793).
Swedish. Naturalist and explorer.
Studied at Uppsala University under
Linnaeus. Went to Surinam in 1755-1756.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who had returned to Linnaeus and spoken of Bäck as of the emperor of Japan. This is the greatest result that Bäck has achieved so far, and he has shown what he can do as chairman of a Royal collegium [Linnaeus means the Collegium MedicumCollegium Medicum, Swedish.
The Swedish Board of Physicians,
originally Collegium medicorum, in
Stockholm, was founded in 1663.
].

Linnaeus is about to write to Charles De GeerDe Geer, Charles (1720-1778).
Swedish. Entomologist and natural
history collector, Leufsta Bruk. Member
of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
in Stockholm and Académie des
sciences, Paris. Corresponded with
Réaumur, Bonnet and other
naturalists. Husband of Catharina
Charlotta Ribbing and father of Emanuel
De Geer. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who had happened to visit Linnaeus the day before, just before Rolander arrived.

Linnaeus lists the different contributions to finance Rolanderís journey. He hopes the King [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] will give 300 daler; Linnaeus himself will give 200.

Linnaeus asks Bäck for news from theology. He also wonders where Antonio de UlloaísUlloa, Antonio (1716-1795).
Spanish. Naval officer. Traveller and
explorer.
minerals came from. America, or Peru?

A long time ago, Linnaeus had received a sending from Magnus LagerströmLagerström, Magnus
(1691-1759). Swedish. Director of the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[Lagerström to Linnaeus, 9 August 1752Letter L1447]. He thanks Bäck for it, but now, he has a box that has not arrived from Bäck, nor from Fredrik ZiervogelZiervogel, Fredrik (1727-1795).
Swedish. Pharmacist, keper of the
pharmacies, "Svanen" and
"Markattan", Stockholm.
, but from somebody else. Linnaeus wonders if Bäck has seen another box, and asks Bäck to let him know.

It is absolutely impossible for Linnaeus to go to Ulriksdal. He has lots of things to do at the university during the next fortnight, and the King would not like him to neglect his duties as a professor.

Linnaeus asks Bäck to talk to Claes GrillGrill, Claes (1705-1767).
Swedish. Merchant, owner of the iron
works of Söderfors, Österby
and Iggesund. Director of the Swedish
East India Company. Also known as an art
collector and patron of arts and
sciences. Brother of Anthoni Grill and
Johan Abraham Grill. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
so that Grillís brother in Amsterdam [Anthoni GrillGrill, Anthoni (1705-1783).
Swedish. Merchant in Amsterdam. Brother
of Claes Grill and Johan Abraham Grill.
] can act as agent for what Rolander will send home to them both. Linnaeus will also write to Grill.

David Schulz von SchulzenheimSchulz von Schulzenheim, David
(1732-1823). Swedish. Physician.
Studied at Uppsala, where he attended
Linnaeusís lectures. Went to England.
Together with Nils Rosén von
Rosenstein he introduced inoculation for
smallpox in Sweden. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
will leave for Stockholm the next day and then go on to London.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original (KVA). [1] [2] [3] [4]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 311-312   p.311  p.312.